North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 28
November 2016

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Hi All

Summer is knocking on the door, the days are getting warmer and there are a lot more bikes out and about.  It's a good time to remind all your friends and family to look out for bikes and stay off their phones while driving.

We had a good turnout and lot of fun at the GOPAT event last Saturday.  See further down in the newsletter for photos.

Are you a member of our Facebook page and do you visit our website? These are the best places to get the most up to date information on our Club runs and activities. Visit and join or visit 

Send me your stories, pictures, comments and feedback to me by clicking this link NH Editor

Enjoy our November newsletter and safe riding.

Craig McEwan #9243
Ulysses North Harbour
Ulysses North Harbour Facebook Page
Ulysses North Harbour Website


PLEASE make sure you have put Sunday the 13th November on your MUST DO list, Vaughan, with help from Les Duffield & Rob Bissett, has put a lot of work into making this ride a success. Vaughan will be in the lead car and Les will follow up with a trailer in case of accidents or breakdowns.
Welcome to new members;
Noel #8454 & Pip #8455 Sutherland, transferred from Blenheim, Chris Roos #9510, Magriet Roos #9511, Pete Martelletti #9512, Tony Howes #9515, Rosemary Silva #9516 and Brian Flood # 9523,
IMPORTANT NOTICE Our Xmas function will be a Drinks, Dance & Supper evening at the North Shore Squash Club with music supplied by Peter “Fingers” Unstead. Tickets are restricted to Branch members only at $10.00 each for members and partners and available at Club-Night, please bring cash the bar doesn’t carry enough change.

Dale & I travelled down to Lower Hutt for the NatCom/Branch Leaders workshop which was well attended with most branches represented.
Some points from the weekend.

The Health & Safety legislation was discussed, volunteers & unpaid assistants are not affected by the new H&S rules but you should take all care when you are organising a ride etc to keep every-one safe by riding sensibly and not pushing the envelope.

The National Bike Raffle tickets will be on sale in Mid-January as per Internal Affairs licencing rules, you can book a ticket/tickets in advance and pay for them in January. The number of tickets has been increased to 2500 and should only be sold to Ulysses Club members and partners.

The profit from this raffle goes towards RIDER TRAINING so don’t be pig- headed by believing you can’t learn something new or improve your riding. PRO-RIDER Gold, Silver & Bronze Rider Improvement Courses are subsidised by NatCom all you have to do is let us know BEFORE you do the course then show us proof you have the completed the course. Contact Barry Holland (021 753 301) for more info or call PRO-RIDER, 0508 PRORIDER (0508 776 743) for a booking.

The website upgrade is progressing well with the next step being the updating of the Membership Database so you can go in and make changes to your details, this is going to take time as it is quite complex.

There will be some new feminine tops featuring the Ulysses butterfly rather than our logo available shortly.

Committee member Jim Furneaux will be drafting up a resolution giving NatCom control of a defunct branches funds so they will be available should that branch be reformed.

Motorcycle Protective Standards work is being carried out in Australia, Ulysses NZ and BRONZ are represented by the Australian Motorcycle Council on the committee which is looking to have riding gear (other than helmets) tested and given a Star Rating. Some funding is being contributed by our ACC and we will write to the NZ Insurance Council asking for funding, also to the Minister for ACC asking that some of the Motorcycle Safety Levy $$$ be provided in addition to the ACC funds.

Some branches wanted the membership age to drop to 30-35, after much discussion it was pointed out that the club charter is linked to the charter used around the world and cannot be changed, however some branches might resurrect the Telemachus Club within their branch to keep younger prospective members. Telemachus was the son of Odysseus /Ulysses.

Organisation for the 2017 AGM & Rally is going well if you have booked your accommodation don’t forget to send away the entry form, there is nothing worse than trying to organise something when you don’t know how many are coming.

We have been given a Rally Gnome which we have to paint and return to the Wairarapa Branch, the idea is the branch members will dress the same way the gnome is painted. Yeah Right!! Any volunteers to do the painting. Contact me 027 289 1018.

Our guest speaker was Wendy Bond from e-Link Discount Group discussing the new multi-vendor group discount scheme that is being offered to Ulysses members. Wendy will be our guest speaker at November club-night..

The 2018 National AGM & Rally will be in Mosgiel 23/24 March, Warbirds over Wanaka will be the weekend after. Accommodation details will be out shortly.

To help guide our Club into the future. With people standing down from the National Committee we need nominations for Vice President, Secretary and committee positions. You would need to come to the National AGM to put your case forward and would be expected to attend 6 committee meetings a year including the AGM NatCom Meeting and the NatCom/ Branch Leaders workshop in October.

If you think you would like to be part of the National Committee give Mike Dew (NatPres) 027 283 0235 or Nicky Bright (NatSec) 020 403 79715 a call for more information 

Wayne Painter #1756NZ L/M
Branch President, North Harbour Branch

Your North Harbour Executive for 2016
Committee Members
Andy Kelly is our Welfare Officer so if you know of a Branch Member who is sick, injured or in need of help from the Branch please contact Andy
on 021 144 9734 or Email Andy
Non Committee Positions
Click here for Printer Friendly Runs Sheet
Important Notice!!
Our club nights on the first Thursday of the month now start at 7pm
Please support North Harbour Branch sponsors.
Cyclespot USA – Burnout Sale
Discounts on all 2015/2016 Indian/Victory models 
$1500.00 discount on all 2015 models
$750.00 discount on all 2016 models
SALE ON NOW !!!!!!
Contact Mike 021 486 422 or
61 Barrys Point Road Takapuna – 09 4861136
Cyclespot Group, Major North Harbour Branch Sponsor
Grant donates vouchers monthly for Social Evenings and
 advertises in the monthly newsletter.  
Pop into Cyclespot and check out the range of bikes & accessories.
North Harbour Ulysses Facebook Page
North Harbour Ulysses Website
If it is your birthday this month, don't forget to take a bottle of wine for the raffles on club night.
If you have any unwanted gifts, donate them for the raffle prizes.
Subscriber Details
At the bottom of this newsletter is a link so you can update your subscriber details.  There is also a button if you really want to cancel your subscription.
Wine Bottle Caps
Save your bottle tops from your wine bottles and bring along to each monthly meeting. These get passed onto Lions Club who collect as a fundraiser for Child Dialysis.  Get your local restaurant on board and have them keep the bottle tops for you.  
Andrew Leader runs the "Twists and Turns" low speed manoeuvring sessions that Ulysses set up some years ago.

They are run on the first Saturday of the month at  Kelston Girls High School, 1 Archibald Rd, Kelston, West Auckland 0602.

All North Harbour members are invited to attend. 
It’s a great opportunity to practice all those key low speed skills in a safe, supportive environment.  For instance when did you last practice an emergency stop?  Plenty of skilled riders attend to help with technique and encouragement and they are not judgemental.  Better to practice where there are people to help pick the bike up if you lay it down!
 The school entrance is first on your right as you turn off Great North Road into Archibald Road: 
Andy #4460
Reviews and Photo Gallery 
Fun in Stratford
Labour weekend 10 of us headed down to Stratford to meet up with Nigel and Donna Scott.  We all met at the Papakura Service Centre (Except Linda who went to the Bombay Service Centre) and headed for Stratford ( Except Linda who headed to Raglan). At this stage we wondered where Linda was but in true Top Gear fashion we just left her behind.

We had a brief stop in Pirongia where we learned that Linda was actually coming and that she was in Raglan.  So we waited in Pirongia for about 45

minutes but we got bored so we decided to move on to Te Kuiti, fuel up, get a bite to eat and wait for Linda there.  Finally she arrived and we all headed down SH 3 through the Awakino Gorge to Mokau where we stopped for Whitebait Fritters and to meet up with Nigel Scott.

Nigel was expecting us at 12 - 12:30 but due to our slight delays we were about an hour and a half late.  We all had something to eat and drink and headed on our way to Stratford and The New Commercial Hotel.  We were very parched by the time we got there so we had to drop our bags and go straight to the bar.

Ian the publican was very accomodating and after a bit of a clean up and a couple of refreshing ales he drove us to Donna and Nigel's who had put on a big spread for us.  We ate, drank, watched the ABs kick Aussie butt at the Scotts before Ian came and picked us up to take us back to the pub.  The band was rocking and there was few new dance moves created before we headed off to bed.

The next day we went for a ride to Whangmomona which some of the Taranaki Ulysses and Taranaki Riders.  The weather was stunning and Whangamomona turned it on for us.  There was a lot of bikes there as well as the Ford Thunderbird Club with some stunning cars.

We stayed there for a couple of hours and then everyone headed off to do there own thing.  We ended up in New Plymouth for a pint before heading back to Stratford for a buffet meal at the New Commercial.

We were all shattered after our ride so it was an early night and off to bed so we could get up and hit the road early Monday morning in an effort to beat the traffic on the Auckland Motorway.

All in all it was a great weekend with good people and we had a lot of laughs.  The weather was stunning as well.  You couldn't ask for more and I'm definitely in for next time.

Check the North Harbour Ulysses Facebook Page for more photos.

Peter Webb
Raffle Prizes and Tattle-Tales Wanted
 “Sheriff wants unwanted gifts and wine for birthdays and worthy events in your LIVES “
And please email ‘SHERIFF, I HAVE A TALE’ to Pete. 
Motorcycle Tips and Tricks

YOU DON'T have to have the mechanical know-how of a MotoGP technician to perform simple home-servicing tasks; some decent tools and a little common sense are all you need to keep your bike in tip-top shape.

Ideally, get hold of a workshop manual for your machine for a better understanding of how each task should be carried out. Most will give pictures detailing each part of the process; a good manual will also list the tools you'll need to complete the job. 

Like a chef's knives, using quality tools are half the battle to a successful job, so avoid using the underseat toolkit if you can.

Obviously, if you're not 100 per cent comfortable working on your own bike then ask a knowledgeable mate to watch over you.

Chain Tension

Tension and lubrication - often neglected

INCORRECT chain tension can result in premature sprocket and gearbox wear, unsmooth gearshifts, snatchy transmission, hamper your bike's rear suspension travel and reduce the life of your bike's drivechain.

Check your workshop manual for how to adjust your bike's chain to the correct tension. Remember to set the tension with some load on the bike (preferably with someone on it) as the chain will tighten up once a rider's on board.

Refere to the owner's manual for the correct torque settings for each bolt - how much force to use when retightening each bolt. You'll need a torque wrench to do this properly.

Remember to also lubricate the chain while you're at it, as this will help prolong its life.

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Ulysses North Harbour
Runs and Event Calendar
Runs Coordinator
Rider in Charge (RIC) would appreciate all participants of rides to be at the departure point 10 minutes early with a full tank of gas.  If the weather looks suspect then please phone the RIC or check out North Harbour Ulysses facebook page to see if the ride is postponed or cancelled. 

The Rider in Charge will be organizing the day.  Contact them for details.  All riders participating in a Ulysses Ride are expected to hold a current motorcycle license, wear suitable clothing and to have a registered and warranted road-worthy bike.

The organizers and/or the Ulysses Club are not responsible for participants safety and all participants participate at their own risk.

All participants are aware that they are traveling on open public roads and are responsible for their own safety and compliance with all Rules and Laws.

Please check your runs list as some rides or destinations may have changed from initial calendar entry.
Saddlebags can never hold everything you want, but they CAN hold everything you need.
Club Night Meeting and Social Evening
Held at Pupuke Golf Club  
 231 East Coast Road (opp Sunnynook Rd) Campbells Bay
1st Thursday of the Month.
Meals available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.00pm(note the new time)
Our next social dinner is on 16 NOVEMBER - 5:30pm onwards.  Please email Wayne Painter by Monday 14 if you intend to attend.
Africa is located at 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany
November 5

Twists & Turns

Kelston Girls High School,
1 Archibald Road, Kelston,
The school entrance is first on your right as you turn off Great North Road into Archibald 

Ronnie Run 2016
Sunday 13 November
Meet at North Harbour Hockey Stadium
Registration from 9am
Ride Leaves at 10:30am



At 45 letters, this is the longest word you’ll find in a major dictionary.

South Taranaki Tourers Blackjack Ride
November Frid. 4th, Sat. 5th, Sun. 6th. 

Go to Hawera Friday socialise Friday night at the South Taranaki Club
on Saturday do the Blackjack Card Ride, prize-giving Saturday Arvo
Dinner & Dance Saturday night at the club.
Big free breakfast at Sth Taranaki Club Sunday before riding home.
This is a fun weekend we have done it for 12 years. 
Phone Lorraine at Avon Motel for accommodation. (5 minute walk to club)
0800 288 048 or  
Mention Wayne's name.
Leaving 10.00am Friday,  Papakura Motorway Service Centre.
R.I.C. Wayne Painter. 027 289 1018.   
Email Wayne for entry Form.
(We are going regardless of weather)

Click Here for a Printable Version of Purera Forest Rally Form
Midweek Tuesday and Wednesday Rides (check out NH Ulysses facebook page for details.)
Are you free to ride Midweek?
Why not join fellow Ulyssians on Wednesday's
Departs NS Cossie Club at 10.30am
Destination decided on the day.
These rides are proving very popular.
Highlight your calendar with these upcoming rides or events.

Runs & Rallies

North Harbour Ulysses Club Night - Pupuke Golf Club, 231 East Coast Road (opp Sunnynook Rd Campbells Bay, Meals are available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.00pm, Email Wayne for dinner reservations.

South Taranaki Tourers Black Jack Ride- Weekend away.

Twists & Turns  2-4pm Kelston Girls High School, 1 Archibald Road, Kelston, Andy Leader 027 222 4180

Ronnie Run -
IMPORTANT DATE NEED ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR VOLUNTEERS - See ad in this newsletter and make sure you have registered and got every friend who rides a motorbike to register.

Pureora Back to Basics Rally
- Waikato Branch - See Ulyssian Mag. Registration form above.

North Shore Dinner Night
- Africa Bar, 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany Every 3rd Wednesday of the month (5:30 onwards), Bar & kitchen. 5:30 onward. Email Wayne if you are attending.

Ride with Peter Hyde
- More details to follow.  Look out on our website and Facebook page.

5 Station Poker Run -
KumeuVolunteerFireBrigade. 331Main Road Kumeu, BE THERE AT 9 AM - STARTS AT 10 AM 

New World Santa Parade need volunteers with spare helmets to take the Mad Hatters Ladies on the back of bikes 

Heading North 350-400 km mystree ride
- If you don’t know where your going any road will take you there :) Leaving at 10am heading North - Medium ride 350 -400Km  RIC Niki Morrison

North Harbour Ulysses Club Night - Pupuke Golf Club, 231 East Coast Road (opp Sunnynook Rd Campbells Bay, Meals are available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.00pm, Email Wayne for dinner reservations.

North Harbour Ulysses Xmas Supper
- North Shore Squash Club, Shea Tce, Takapuna 7:30pm till Late $10 per ticket.
Opononi for Lunch
- Up through Forrest or twin bridges, and down again - Opononi or thereabouts for lunch. Long  Experienced. Leaving Kaukapakapa at 9am RIC Paul Morrison

Kaiaua/Miranda - Seabird Coast - 
Departing BP Papakura 10.00 am, head through Hunua through to The Seabird Coast. Short to Medium  RIC Mike Davies

Manukau Coastal Cruise
- Starting at Manukau Cruising club. Orpheus Drive, Onehunga  Short - Anyone. RIC John Heebrink

NOTE:  Ulysses’ events in BOLD
For more details of each event see ad at end of The Ulyssian, or Ulysses website – or, contact local Coordinator or, use Google.
A Message regarding Accommodation for the National Rally in Masterton over Easter 2017

Hello fellow Ulyssians,
The 2017 National Rally is being held in Masterton, Wairarapa over the Easter weekend.
Local motel accommodation is at a premium at this time so members wishing to attend the rally should book now

* Most on line booking sites will indicate the Motels are full over this period.

* Members should Ring the Motels direct and indicate you are from the Ulysses Club as most (not all) motels are holding rooms for us.

There are a number of conflicting events now being held in Masterton over the Easter Weekend so accommodation is filling fast in Masterton and the the surrounding areas.

Remember - You can always cancel a booking but you can't always make one! ----------- Don't miss out!  :-) 

Greg Evans
Ulysses Wairarapa Branch Secretary (temp).
The Matakana Village Pub
We have a Biker Burger deal at the Matakana Village Pub.
Homemade Beef Burger & a Beer for only $20.

Come and see us soon.

Norah Yelverton
The Matakana Village Pub
M: 0275164047
Talk to Barry Holland regarding rider training or visit the Prorider website for course and booking information. 
Become part of the Pro Rider Community
Visit your local motorcycle/scooter shop and ask about a Ride Forever voucher from Pro Rider, get one for a friend. Book via the Pro Rider website and have your say on our Facebook page!
The Pro Rider Riders Club is coming soon. Keep an eye on Facebook!
Check out ProRider Website for all available courses.
Our Club Insurances have been renewed again for the coming year with AON.
Please note, our insurer has made particular mention that we communicate to all members that in the event of a incident that may require activating our insurance policy that the insured party (that's all of us as members of the Club) does NOT admit liability for, or settle any claim or incur any defence costs without the prior written consent of the insurer (that's AON).  In other words admit nothing and immediately advise Natcom of the situation.
This information is posted on the links page of the Club website.  

ULYSSES 2016  

            AON has a New Policy Wording with a New Underwriter:
In collaboration with NZI, Aon has a new improved policy wording for Motorcycles.  This Prestige Motorcycle Policy gives you the best of the best in cover for all types of On-Road Motorcycles including 3 wheelers, Off-Road Motorcycles including Quad Bikes, Competition Motorcycles (not covered whilst racing), Motorcycle Collections and Classic/Vintage Motorcycles.  A new policy wording will be sent out shortly.
Some of the BENEFITS:
New replacement Motorcycle if a total loss occurs within 12 months of the insured motorcycle being first registered as a new Motorcycle up to 20,000km – this increases to 24 months and 30,000km for Ulysses Members.
Windscreen/shield, headlights or tail lights covered – Nil excess
Roadside Assistance is now provided on comprehensively covered motorcycles by
FIRST ASSISTANCE – 0800 120 102
AUTOMATIC RIDING APPAREL cover - $5,000 (indemnity value) any one claim per year.
Option to have REPLACEMENT RIDING APPAREL cover - $5,000 (REPLACEMENT value) any one claim per year.  Premium for Ulysses Members $50 plus GST.  (Normally $75+GST)
DISCOUNTS DISCOUNTS DISCOUNTS – Age Discounts, Multiple Bike Discount (conditions apply), Loyalty Discounts, Trike Discounts, Named Rider Discounts and the Restricted Usage Discount – this is now based on riding less than 7,500km per year, per bike! (was 5,000km)
LOWER EXCESSES – The standard policy excess is now $250 (plus underage excesses applying), $500 theft excess and on approved track days a $750 excess only will apply.
RIDE FOREVER If you complete a Ride Forever training course, provide us with your certificate and we will apply a NIL excess for one claim within 12 months of completing this course.
Call us on 0800 65 62 64 and ask for Leonie, Annaliese or Brandon if you have any queries.
ASURE Accommodation Group
Welcome to ASURE Accommodation Group – a nationwide group of motels, motor inns, motor lodges and apartments strategically placed throughout New Zealand, offering you quality, affordable accommodation. 
10% discount is available to all Ulysses Club Members for bookings made online on using the promo code Ulysses  
In addition, all members are eligible to receive our ASURE Loyalty Programme – stay at three or more ASURE properties and receive $100 off your tenth night stay.
Completed loyalty cards must be redeemed direct with the ASURE property and cannot be redeemed online.
Terms & Conditions: Discount available on room only, excludes public holidays and special events and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion.
You will need to enter your Ulysses Club membership card number to complete your booking – see screenshots below, and you will need your card when you arrive at the accommodation.
A discount of 10% off the best available fare applies for travel dates
1 February through to 19 December 2016
Booking conditions and instructions for members are:
Each reservation must be made direct with Interislander online at
Also check out our Premium Plus onboard lounge upgrades for total comfort at for 18yrs plus
Simply insert the Promo code “XULY1”on the “Payment details” page then click on “enter” and this will apply the discount.
Membership card is required at the terminal on check in.  No membership card and retail fares will be charged.
Space is subject to availability at the time of the booking request.
The normal conditions of the above fare type apply - e.g. Easy Change is 100% refundable if cancelled.
Bookings made through our call centre are at regular rates.
Dear Abby,

I've never written to you before, but I really need your advice on what could be a crucial decision.

I've suspected for some time now that my wife has been cheating on me. The usual rings, but if I answer, the caller hangs up. My wife has been going out with the girls a lot recently, although when I ask their names she always says, "Just some friends from work, you don't know them."

I sometimes stay awake to look out for her cab coming home, but she always comes walking up the drive as I hear the sound of a car leaving, around the corner, as if she has gotten out and walked the rest of the way. Why? Maybe she wasn't in a taxi at all?

I once picked up her cell phone, just to see what time it was. This caused her to go completely berserk. She quickly snatched the phone out of my hand and cursed me hysterically, screaming that I should never touch her personal property, then accused me of trying to spy on her.

Anyway, I have never broached the subject with my wife. I think deep down I just didn't want to know the truth, but last night she went out again and I decided to really check on her. I decided I was going to park my Harley Davidson Lowrider next to the garage and then hide behind it so I could get a good view of the street around the corner when she came home. It was at that moment, crouching behind my motorcycle that I noticed a small amount of motor oil leaking through the gasket between the rear head and rocker arm cover. this something I can easily repair myself or do you think I should take it back to the dealer?

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